Career Outcomes for WMU Graduates

Where are the graduates of 2015-16?

92% of WMU graduates were actively engaged within three months of graduation. Active engagement is defined as full-time employment, part-time employment, military and full-time volunteer service, and further education.

A chart visually representing the following data: 92% of WMU graduates were actively engaged within three months of graduation. Of that 92%, 71% were employed full-time, 6% were employed part time, 1% pursued military service, and 14% pursued higher education degrees. Of those not actively engaged within 3 months of graduation, 7% were seeking employment, and 1% were not seeking employment.

type of employers

A chart representing the types of employers that actively engaged WMU graduates were working for within three months of graduation. 63% were working at for-profit businesses, 16% were working at non-profit businesses, 16% were working at educational institutions, and 5% were working for government organizations.

select employers

American Axle and Manufacturing General Motors Pine Rest
Beumont Health Gentex PNC
Borgess Kalamazoo RESA Spectrum Health
Bronson Kalamazoo Public Schools State of Michigan
C.H. Robinson Kellogg's Stryker
Consumers Energy Lakeland Health Target
Coyote Logistics Magna International Total Quality Logistics
DENSO Meijer U.S. Army
Eaton MPI Research Whirlpool
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Parker Hannifin WMU
Fiat Chysler Automobiles Perrigo  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Location of full-time Employment

76% Broncos stayed in Michigan, 22% work elsewhere in the United States, and 2% work outside of the U.S.

 A map of the continental United States of America with the number of Broncos working in each state gathered from our 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Post-Graduation Activity Reports: Alabama (3), Arizona (39), Arkansas (9), California (74), Colorado (46), Connecticut (10), Delaware (0), Florida (51), Georgia (26), Idaho (3), Illinois (247), Indiana (100), Michigan (3740), New Hampshire (2), New Jersey (10), New Mexico (1), New York (31), North Carolina (27), North Dakota (6), Ohio (62), Oklahoma (7), Oregon (10), Pennsylvania (24), Rhode Island (0), South Carolina (9), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (22), Texas (45), Utah (3), Vermont (3), Virginia (15), Washington (24), West Virginia (2), Wisconsin (30), Wyoming (2)

top institutions chosen for further education

51% of respondents pursuing further education chose to attend WMU for graduate school.

Western Michigan University Grand Valley State University
Michigan State University Central Michigan University
Wayne State University Eastern Michigan University
University of Michigan University of Illinois

Top fields of study chosen for further education

Occupational Therapy Medicine
Psychology Law
Social Work Nursing
Speech-Language Pathology Accountancy
Business Physician Assistant

 What did wmu grads say about their experience?

"My experience at WMU was one of the best times of my life. I have grown through Greek life, both of my study abroad, the many organizations I was in, and the resources WMU provided me with. I am ready for the corporate world and the real world. I have grown as much as I can through my time at WMU and am ready for new adventures and life lessons. Thank you WMU for the best four years of my life! I’m sad to go but I am ready to leave and achieve many more things in my life! Always a Bronco at heart!

"WMU has helped me define and improve myself significantly since the first day I came by providing so many opportunities on campus, its connections, and excellent faculty, advisors, and staff. I am proud to be here and it's always a great day to be a Bronco!"

"Unforgettable and a complete rebirth for someone who every statistic has said would and could never achieve such a honor! "

"My experience at WMU has really helped shaped the direction I want to take in life, and helped me figure out what it is I'm passionate about."

"Faculty were extremely supportive and committed to the success of their students."

"My experience at WMU was exactly everything I wanted out of a college. I enjoyed that the professors took the time to get to know students in the program that made an effort, as well as being a part of student organizations that made the campus feel more like home. The classes helped get me prepared for internships, and now my full time job."

"WMU gave me many good opportunities to gain experience in my field. The Student Media Group was really useful in my development. Being the Program Director at WIDR, for example, helped me grow tremendously as a leader and gave me confidence in my abilities."

"My experience at WMU was life changing and I am happy that I chose this path. My most sincere gratitude goes out to the faculty and staff that helped me learn and pushed me to be the best that I can be. Thank you WMU!"

"The programs and faculty at WMU have allowed me to develop personally and professionally over the course of my time here. My options upon graduation were endless and I did accept my dream job. Thank you WMU!"

"Returning to college after many years in the workforce was a challenge but the professors were welcoming and supportive. I'm glad I chose WMU to complete my bachelors degree."

"I am very satisfied with the education I received from Western and the commitment professors have towards their students. I am grateful for having attended a university that values diversity, tolerance, and community activism. I couldn't of have picked a better university to attend!"

"I recommend students to start doing internships their sophomore year. I had two job offers after graduation because I proved in my interviews that I have a good education and I am able to apply it effectively in the workplace. Employers want references that have seen you perform in the job function you are focusing in to know that they are investing in someone who is competent in that area already. Just an education is usually not enough to get full time employment right after graduation. Internships are vital in addition to a bachelors degree!"

"Attending WMU was a great experience. I learned how to communicate and reach out to others. Attending this university also helped me step out of my comfort zone."

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